December 29, 2021
Acorn Health is pleased to announce that 15 of its locations recently achieved Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) Accreditation®. The newly accredited centers join the rest of Acorn Health’s locations across seven states in achieving the distinction.
BHCOE Accreditation® was made possible because of the hard work from several key Acorn Health team members, including: Kaitlin Watson, Cassy Davis, Gerardo Castillo, Julie Meter, Kate McKinney, Jenna Kokoski, and Kelti Owens.
Acorn Health plans to renew BHCOE Accreditation® for all its facilities next year. Read More
December 16, 2021
Navigating the holiday season can often feel more stressful than peaceful. Families are busy shopping, going to holiday events, and visiting friends and family members between normal daily obligations like work and school. Throw in other holiday traditions like visiting Santa, holiday train rides, and seeing Christmas lights, and the season is packed with potential triggers for children with autism. Not to mention, the hustle and bustle of the season can throw off a child’s everyday schedule, which is important for children with autism to maintain.
As a parent of a child with autism, you can make special memories while still keeping your child comfortable with these tangible tips and methods. Read More
December 15, 2021
Acorn Health is pleased to announce the acquisition of Braintrust Behavioral Health. The acquisition of Braintrust expands Acorn Health’s presence in Michigan and furthers its mission of providing high-quality, center-based ABA therapy services to children diagnosed with autism.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Braintrust and welcoming their team into the Acorn Health network of high-quality ABA centers,” said Vicki Kroviak, CEO of Acorn Health. “The addition of Braintrust expands our services across Michigan to help families and children with autism. Braintrust has the privilege of serving families throughout southeast Michigan, and the combination of our companies enables us to expand access to quality care in existing and new communities in this region, impacting more families who need ABA therapy services.” Read More
November 3, 2021
Krista M. Boe, Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Acorn Health, has been re-appointed to the Michigan Autism Council. This is the second term she will serve in the governor-appointed role, which commenced in October 2021 and will expire in September 2025.
The Autism Council is charged with overseeing Michigan's Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) State Plan. The Council will implement, monitor, and update the Michigan ASD State Plan which will provide for comprehensive, lifespan supports to individuals with ASD and their families through access to information and resources, coordination of services, and implementation of evidence-based practices. Read More
October 14, 2021
Acorn Health is pleased to announce the acquisition of A&C Behavioral Solutions. The acquisition of A&C expands Acorn Health’s presence in Michigan and furthers its mission of providing high-quality, center-based ABA therapy services to children diagnosed with autism.
“We are excited to welcome A&C into the Acorn Health network of high-quality ABA centers,” said Vicki Kroviak, CEO of Acorn Health. “The addition of A&C further expands our services across Michigan to help families and children with autism. A&C has the privilege of serving families throughout Wayne County, the largest county in Michigan, and we are thrilled to reach more families in need in this area. We look forward to partnering with the team at A&C and continuing to provide excellent clinical services.” Read More
October 14, 2021
Ghouls and goblins may be spooky fun for some — but for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), this time of year can be challenging to navigate. Halloween is a holiday full of sensory overload including scary monster costumes, frightening decorations, elements of surprise and scaring one another during trick-or-treating, as well as dressing up and hiding behind disguises. It’s no wonder that Halloween may not be so happy for some families.
There are steps parents can take to help their child navigate the holiday and avoid circumstances that could make them upset or uncomfortable. First, parents should talk about what to expect before going to an event or trick-or-treating. The elements of those traditions can be very confusing to a child with ASD. Read More
October 5, 2021
Every night at dinner, many parents promise delicious ice cream if only their children eat the vegetables on their plates. For parents who have children with autism, the mealtime battles can feel much more difficult. It’s extremely common for children with autism to have food aversions and sensitivities. In fact, researchers at Marcus Autism Center at Emory University School of Medicine found children with autism had a 5 times more likely chance of mealtime challenges, including tantrums or ritualistic behaviors. Other research has shown that up to 70 percent of parents with autistic children say they experience very picky eating habits. Read More
October 4, 2021
Your home has served many purposes over the last year — it’s become a gym, a school, a restaurant, an office and most importantly — is still the place your family gathers at the end of the day to laugh, relax and spend time together. For families with children with autism, ensuring their home is a safe place requires taking precautions in almost every room. That’s because many children with autism have sensory issues that make them more fixated on certain things in the home that could be dangerous. Additionally, a study found that half of all kids with autism wander and try to escape their own homes, resulting in devastating consequences. Read More
October 4, 2021
The prevalence of autism continues to go up — in fact, since 2000, it’s increased more than 178%. That’s more families than ever before who need quality, effective ABA therapy to help their children reach their fullest potential in life. Acorn Health is proud to be able to continue to expand our network because access to services is very important for busy families and is critical for kids with ASD. Read More
September 27, 2021
Acorn Health has proudly paved the way to provide families and children innovative and effective ABA therapy that enhances their lives.
One specific way our core values have been on display recently is the creation and rollout of our Clinical Systems. Clinical systems are organized groups of practitioners at Acorn Health across the United States who create resources and processes dedicated to behavior analytic goals and functions within the organization. These are 10 active workstreams that demonstrate how our teams are committed to growth and teamwork. At its core, ABA therapy promotes ongoing research of the latest advancements in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) treatment. We are applying those principles in our Clinical Systems to provide the most advanced resources for our team of clinicians. Read More
September 13, 2021
If atypical development points towards potential Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) warning signs, begin conversations with your doctor about diagnostic options. At 18 and 24 months, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children are screened for autism. Whether the signs were noticed during a well-check by the pediatrician, or certain behaviors (or lack of) have been a recent cause for concern, obtaining answers and a diagnosis are the first steps toward feeling in-control and helping your child.
Dr. Gregory Worthington, clinical psychologist at Acorn Health, explains what to do if you notice warning signs and the steps to take to obtain an official diagnosis. Read More
August 24, 2021
“We are thrilled to welcome ABC’s into the Acorn Health network of high-quality ABA centers,” said Vicki Kroviak, CEO of Acorn Health. “The addition of ABC’s expands our services to areas of Virginia we had not yet been able to reach to help families and children with autism. ABC’s offers a unique early intervention program, reaching families at a time that is so critical in a child’s development. We are honored to partner with the team at ABC’s and continue to provide excellent clinical services.” Read More
August 17, 2021
Acorn Health identifies the industry’s best clinical professionals to join our team, who are passionate and knowledgeable about helping children with autism achieve meaningful goals to improve their lives and independence. One of our most recent additions to our clinical staff is Dr. Gregory Worthington, PSYD, BCBA-D, who is now available to diagnose children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other mental illness disorders in the Michigan area. This capability will ultimately speed up the process for which children can begin receiving treatment, which we know is a hurdle for many families. Families who receive an ASD diagnosis can then take that information to any provider in their area if/when they are ready to receive ABA services or other recommended treatments. Read More
July 14, 2021
Over the last decade, autism has become more widely known and understood between parents and medical professionals. Current estimates show that autism affects 1 in 54 children. For caregivers, the disorder can be very confusing and difficult to navigate since everyone’s experiences can vary so widely. It is a lifelong spectrum disorder; meaning individuals with autism can have very different challenges and strengths. What we do know is that early intervention is incredibly important, and leads to positive outcomes and earlier progress for children and their families.
Understanding common signs and characteristics of autism can help parents and caregivers lead their child toward a fulfilling and independent life by providing intervention as soon as possible. Read More
June 10, 2021
Acorn Health, a national provider of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is pleased to announce the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of LEAP Behavior Analysis. The acquisition of LEAP expands Acorn Health’s presence in Tennessee and furthers its mission of… Read More